4. Employ Effective Elimination Methods
When it comes to bed bug extermination, vacuuming, freezing and steam heat are some of the most effective treatments alongside continual use of a preventative or residual spray.
All the headboards, seams and other potential hiding places should be carefully vacuumed. Bed bugs generally hide within 5 feet of the bed. Once done, check all of the vacuum brushes to ensure that no pests are caught in the roller and place the vacuum bag in a securely sealed bag before disposing of. Freezing the bedding, pillow and bed covers in extreme cold for 48 to 72 hours can help eliminate these pests. Professional bed bug exterminators use carbon dioxide under pressure to eliminate bed bugs but many exterminators use products that can be harmful to humans as well and can require 48 to 72 hours to become safe again. Steam heating is another effective method. Remove all the infected bedding items and covers and send them for a steam wash or replace them entirely. This not only helps you get rid of the bed bugs, but their larvae, pupa, and other small bugs also are eliminated.